It is very important of the Supreme Court to speed up the elections protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo for the Vice Presidency because of the upcoming senate election in 2019. To run for the senate again can impact Marcos’ protest in a big way. Its dismissal is at stake.
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[VIDEO]: Political analyst Ramon Casiple shares his thoughts on the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple says Bongbong Marcos is yet to decide whether he’ll run for senator in 2019. Another consideration is to continue with his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Ramon Casiple, chairman of the Consortium on Electoral Reforms said that the speed of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) resolution of the case can make it or break it for Marcos.
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As per records in history, Casiple estimates that Marcos’ protest “will reach the 2019 senatorial elections.” “Marcos would have to decide to go for it or not. “The possibility of Marcos being proclaimed Vice President is not due to the content or the substance of the protest. The most important factor is time. They can end the whole process if he runs for the senate or continues the recount.
The PET starts the preliminary conference on June 21, 2017. The average of previous electoral protests for PET to resolve lasts for four years. Therefore, the senatorial race can decide Marcos’ fate for the electoral protest if he wants another term as senator. However, since he is geared up for the presidency, Robredo’s camp can only hope that for him to vie for a seat in the senate again.
Should Marcos ends up running for the senatorial race, the electoral protest will be moot and academic. In most cases, the PET just drop the case because of lack of interest. That is the reality that the Marcos camp is struggling upon. This is the reason why it is important for them to block every delaying tactics of Robredo’s camp.Marcos camp’s proposal to have 3 hearing commissioners, one for each cause of action in his electoral protest is a strategy to resolve the protest in less than two years.